Posted by Sarah
To answer a question raised by the group yesterday, here is some information on The Sheik’s filming locations.
Emily W. Leider in Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino (2004) states that the desert exteriors were shot in Oxnard, California and the Guadalupe Dunes of Santa Barbara County. However Gregg Niemann in Palm Spring Legends: Creations of a Desert Oasis claims, perhaps unsurprisingly, they were filmed in Palm springs (2006 pp. 168-171). Other sources more reliably suggest filming of exteriors actually took place at the “Walking Dunes” in East Hampton, Long Island, fairly near to the Famous Players Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, New York,where most of the shooting occurred.
I also found what might be a useful link for those of us not quick enough to write down all the intertitles: http://intertitleorama.webs.com/sheik.html Though I can’t vouch for the accuracy!